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St. Armands Circle Art Festival Returns For the 24th Year

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Sarasota welcomes back its signature fall art festival November 10 – 11, 2012. Consistently ranked among the top 100 outdoor-juried art events in the country, St. Armands Art Festival features more than 200 of the nation’s leading artists as well as top local and regional talent. Admission is free and open to the public.

A vast array of original handmade art, priced to suit all budgets, will be on display and for sale during this two-day art festival. The artistic media represented include paintings, life size sculpture, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage, mixed media and ceramics with prices ranging from $25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures. The artists will line St. Armands Circle with their professional display booths and transform this charming retail and dining district into a first-class outdoor art gallery showcasing their finest work around the entire circle.   The east and west bound lanes of South Boulevard of the Presidents will be closed to vehicular traffic for the safety and convenience of festival patrons.

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“Our jury process is very selective, this is how we ensure a diverse and eclectic mix of styles and media that appeal to a broad variety of art enthusiasts and collectors,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.  “There is truly something for everyone.”

The artists, juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity, will be present for the duration of the festival, available to discuss their art and inspiration. The event appeals to families and people of all ages as a free and fun weekend activity, as well as serious art buyers looking to add to their collections.

Here’s a partial list of local artists that will be participating:

Susan Griggs Allen – Sculpture – Sarasota

Scott Causey – Clay – Sarasota

Renee Davis – Jewelry – Palmetto

Lou Divita – Photography – Sarasota

Elaine Laurent – Cigar Box Art – Sarasota

Len & Debbie Marucci – Metal – Venice

Linda Mayes – Photography – Venice

Arleen & Michael Parker – Jewelry – Sarasota

Harry Roa – Jewerly – Sarasota

Ken Shields – Pottery – Sarasota

John Whitney – Paintings – Sarasota

David Wilson – Metal Sculptures – Sarasota

Special thanks to our sponsors:  Comcast, Geico Direct, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

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Visit Downtown Stuart THIS Weekend – Free, Craft Festival!

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No weekend plans set in stone for October 13-14th? ArtFestival.com has you covered! Join us in historic, Downtown Stuart, Florida this Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm for Free! You will enjoy over 100 crafters, both local and traveling artists! Learn what inspired these crafters firsthand, shop for handcrafted goodies and, even get a chance to meet these artisans and crafters as you stroll Martin County’s quaint, Downtown Stuart area, full of interesting and unique restaurants, clothing boutiques and beachy gift shops!  (Get your Holiday Gift Shopping done early)!

The 13th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Craft Fair , happening this weekend, features more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery setting.  From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Downtown Stuart is sure to be a feast for the senses!

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5 Things To Do At An Art Festival

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For as far back as we can remember, art fairs and festivals have widely attended across the country by artists and the like.  An art festival is a celebration of both art and artists, and is often used to promote art among the masses. Typically held in an aesthetic setting, such as a waterfront park or a bustling downtown street, an art festival typically features displays of artwork by several artists.  Since most all art festivals are open to the public, here are a few reasons to attend these free weekend events.

1. You will get the opportunity to meet the artists who actually create their own work and begin a relationship with them.  Traveling to art festivals not only gives you the opportunity to know and see other parts of the country, but it gives you a chance to follow your favorite artists over the years and watch their work evolve.

2. Interact and get to know specific artists and fine crafters from the local area of the show.  Learn what specific things they draw inspiration from, regionally.

3. Art fairs give you the opportunity to commission unique pieces of art- allowing a more personalized work.  Some artists will even create specific artwork or commemorative pieces for an art festival. For annual art shows, these commemorative pieces are often highly collectible items that are available in limited quantities.

4. Some art festivals will also feature workshops, studio demonstrations and meet-and-greets with artists.  Learn techniques and inspirations from some of the worlds best artists.

5. Indulge in the regional cuisine of the area of the show.  Local food vendors and merchants often times provide food that is known and respected in the area.

Of course, there are many other things to do and reasons to attend art festivals.  Howard Alan Events produces 90 arts and crafts festivals each year.  Please see our calendar of events to help you decide how many of our events you would like to attend.  We have many patrons who anticipate our shows for months, so we hope to see you there!

Calendar of Events